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Myrie responds to KC coaching rumours

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer

Kingston College (KC) principal Dave Myrie up to yesterday morning had not received any official resignation from the reportedly departing Neil Harrison, who is expected to be confirmed soon as the new track and field head coach at Jamaica College.

However, Myrie was also quick to deny rumours that St Jago's male team coach, Rahnsomn Edwards, who guided the St Catherine-based school to fourth place at the 2018 ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, would be taking over from Harrison, who he admitted, is likely to leave the North Street institution ahead of the new term.

Edwards, he explained, only applied for a physical education teacher position and has not been contracted to coach the school's track and field team.

He did, however, admit that Edwards could play a role in the future.

"Mr Rahnsomn Edwards applied for a job as PE teacher at Kingston College based on an ad we put in The Gleaner," Myrie insisted.

"Obviously he is involved in track and field, and if wants to be part of the programme, then he will be involved. But that's not why he came to Kingston College; he sent an application for a PE teacher post," he further explained. "He applied for a job as a PE teacher, because we have a PE vacancy. He was interviewed along with others as a PE teacher, not as a coach.

"Now if he wants to be part of the coaching fraternity and if he is on staff, then there is no issue. But he will come on board, if he does, as a PE teacher," said Myrie.

Meanwhile, the KC principal noted that he has received nothing official from Harrison concerning a departure.

"I have not received a resignation from him (Harrison) yet, but from all indications, he will be going," said Myrie, when contacted yesterday morning.

'No letter yet'

"Mr Harrison indicated he will be moving to Jamaica College, but he needs to follow that up with a formal letter. We cannot act on verbal," said Myrie, who also stated that they will not rush to appoint a new coach.

"We are not looking for anybody. I am not rushing that, I am not looking for any head coach.

We are working with the structure we have until we find a head coach. Mr Harrison is also head of the Physical Education Department, so we await his formal letter and then we will take it from there," he said.

However, according to sources close to the Kingston College track and field team, Edwards is being recruited to take over the programme and will also directly coach 400 metres, 800 metres and hurdles.

Checks with persons close to the St Jago programme also revealed that Edwards, who has received offers from multiple schools, has already handed in his resignation to St Jago, missed several meetings, and has sought references.

livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com